After winning the Greater Catholic League last season, many felt Cincinnati Moeller had turned the corner after three consecutive last place finishes in league play.

The departure of Doug Rosfeld to the Cincinnati Bengals saw Moeller grad Todd Naumann being named as the programs seventh head coach.

However, the momentum built last season turned into struggles for the first half of the season and tested the leadership of Kentucky pledge Carrington Valentine.

First Star Football Report spoke with the Crusaders standout about his senior season.

“We’re doing fine,” stressed Carrington. “Our goal is to go 5-0 the rest of the season. We have a young team, and some are still learning their roles. We’re still gelling, and I feel this week we’ll come out with a win over La Salle.”

Set to head to Lexington when he graduates, Carrington is trying to enjoy every aspect of his final year of high school deciding not to leave for college early.

“It’s hard to believe my senior season is halfway over,” he said. “It’s flown by pretty fast, and it feels like I was a freshman just a couple of months ago. I was thinking about graduating early but I wanted to stay. I know I only get to be in high school once in my life and I want to enjoy all of it.”

Not only has the lack of wins tested the 6-foot, 185-pound defensive back. He’s also trying to help the team taking more reps on offense as a wide receiver.

“It can be tiring,” he said. “However, I’m doing it as I’m playing for my teammates. They are my family and deserve my all.”

Recently, Carrington made a return visit to Lexington and again was impressed by what he saw.

“I went down for the Florida game,” he explained. “It was a great atmosphere and the people are really nice and chill. I got to hang out with all the other commits and had a good time.”

In the next five weeks the Crusaders will be tested with GCL matchups against La Salle and Elder and contest against a struggling Cleveland St. Ignatius squad and Ohio’s Division One defending state champion, Lakewood St. Edward before closing regular season play against Canada Prep.

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